REDEMPTION RELEASE BOOK TOUR

Good morning everyone! I’m participating in the book tour for Jessica Therrien’s release of Redemption, the last installment in the Children of the Gods series. I’ve included an excerpt for your enjoyment.

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Hello All! I hope you enjoy this little peek at the final book in my CHILDREN OF THE GODS series.

I traced my fingers below the gash on the right side of his chest and another on his left side. His collarbone was scraped from sliding against asphalt and his shoulder had been punctured by something.

I reached for my bracelet. “Let me—”

“Don’t.” He grabbed my wrist and stopped me before I could draw the blood. “You’ve given too much today.”

“It’s okay I—”

“I’ll be fine.” His fingers traced the skin beneath the hem of my shirt. “How about you? Any cuts or scrapes?”

“I don’t know.” I swallowed at the warm feel of his touch. “You should check.”

He smiled and our eyes stayed locked as he lifted my tank top over my head. I brushed my limp brown hair aside, and he pulled me closer. Skin on skin. Even after such a day, I could still smell the lingering hint of lime and warmth on his body. As he moved his fingertips up my back, he grazed a sore spot I didn’t know was there, making me flinch. “Just a scrape.”

His lips tickled my shoulder, and the feel of him so close was too much. My fingers curled into his hair and rested on the back of his neck.

“Shower?” I whispered in an exhale.

Without answering, he took my hand and led me to the bathroom.

The steam wrapped us in silk sheets of vapor. Warmth soaked into every pore. Clean water dripped from our eye-lashes and painted our flushed lips. It washed our wounds and rinsed away all the blood and pain. Breath and skin and bodies so close. A blissful ending to an otherwise un-worthy day. 

Redemption-TherrienLead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.

Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.

When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.

After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.

Only from the ashes can a new world be born.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE (Links available soon) 

Elyse’s Story…

OPPRESSION (Book #1)

UPRISING (Book #2)

REDEMPTION (Book #3)

The Children of the Gods Series

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The Descendants have waited long enough for freedom… 

About The Author

JTherrienJESSICA THERRIEN spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no streetlights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language. Jessica currently lives in Southern California with her husband and their two children.

 

You can visit her online at

jessicatherrien.com

 

 

 

 

 

#IWSG – ON A ROLL

Hello all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

The awesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG will be Stephen Tremp, Karen Walker, Denise Covey, and Tyrean Martinson!

Remember to thank them for all their hard work!! October was a good month for me in many ways, personally and blog-wise. Am I still insecure? Hell yeah, but I’m not going to write about them this month. I’m in too good a mood. 🙂

I’m coming along with the ideas on what I’ll be focusing this blog on in the future. I’ve given myself until the end of the year to re-organize her. Mondays I do book reviews for books that I’ve either bought, won through giveaways, or requested by an author/publisher to read in exchange for an honest review.

If you haven’t heard of the Read and Review Challenge, definitely look into it. ReadRev Founded by Jessica Therrien, it gives authors the opportunity to put one or more of their titles in the R & R Challenge Library, and readers can ask them for a copy to read and review. The best part of it, is that every month a reader randomly wins a $10 Amazon gift card. Guess what? I won for October. Yay!! I’ve dedicated Thursdays for these postings.

Fridays are up in the air for me. There are several different memes that I’m a part of, and they usually post on Fridays. Weekly participation isn’t mandatory, so I’m thinking of alternating posts. I also want to include occasional guest posts, book releases, etc.

I need a special name for Friday posts. Something catchy that shows variety. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I can’t think of one that I haven’t read somewhere else. So, how was your October? Anyone participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

 

 

 

A WORD ABOUT REVIEWS AND GOOD NEWS!

As you all know, I’ve done a lot of thinking as far as the direction I want to take this blog. I’ve done more book reviews lately, and will continue to do so. I get many requests from authors to read and review their work in exchange for an honest review. I try to do that.

If you notice, I post mostly positive reviews of books I like in an effort not to hurt anyones feelings. I don’t think that’s fair to other authors who’ve approached me, though. If I’ve accepted a book to read for a review, it’s only fair that I give my honest opinion. I’m not disrespectful in my reviews, because I know how hard most authors work on their books. From now on, I’m going to include all-star (1-5) reviews on my blog. It’s only fair. The lower my heart rating though, the more I would explain WHY I decided to give it.

I see a lot of people, particularly on Amazon that love to bash reviewers with comments about having the nerve to offer spelling, grammar, or formatting advice to the authors they reviewed. I scratch my head thinking about that. Isn’t that what an author would WANT from their readers? That way they could make necessary corrections and edits, thereby putting out a better product in an update. **Shrugging my shoulders** I’ve seen reviews thumbed down because of it, mine included.

Anyway, my rating system goes by hearts. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Since most sites don’t have half star ratings, I round either up or down depending on how close the rating is to the star (or heart) the book is. Savvy? 

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Now that I’ve got that covered, I’ve got some great news for both AUTHORS and READERS/REVIEWERS!

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If you’re an author and need to get some unbiased reviews, click on the image to get a hold of Jessica Therrien to add one of your books to the Challenge Library. If you’re a reader and want to find some amazing books to review, click on the image above to find out how to participate!

 

 

VAMPIRE AFFLICTION – COVER REVEAL!

I’m adding a bit of fun to my A-Z Challenge day! Not only am I helping Author Eva Pohler by publishing the cover reveal for her new book, I’m also going to take part in the Rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card. Check below for details. I love me some Amazon. I’m just sayin’….

Vampires, Demigods, and Gods–Oh, My!

It’s time to reveal the cover for the second book in Amazon bestselling author Eva Pohler’s The Vampires of Athens series.

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Gertie has become friends, and has possibly fallen in love, with both a demigod and a vampire, who happen to be at war. Although she sympathizes with the vampire uprising, she distrusts the leaders, especially when they plan to kill humans to cull out the demigods before ambushing them. As the three unlikely friends discover that neither side is perfectly good or evil or right or wrong, they work together to try to bring about the best outcome; but, when their parents and the gods undermine their efforts and hang them out to dry, the three teens realize they’re on their own and no one will save them.

To celebrate the reveal of Vampire Affliction: The Vampires of Athens, Book, Two, we are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card! You can enter the Rafflecopter widget below each day through April 21st, which is PARTY DAY!

If you haven’t already joined the party, you can do so here!

We are also celebrating by running a special on the first book in the series. For a limited time, you can purchase the first book, Vampire Addiction, for 0.99 cents! Go here for purchase links, or click on the image below to go directly to Amazon.

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Here is a list of places participating in this reveal. Go check them out!

Charles’ Book Nook
Lisa’s Book Lair
The Power of Three Readers
Wicked Women Book Blog
Dowie’s Place
Pure Jonel
BookHeathens
tanyas book nook
Escaping Life’s Craziness With Books
Word Wenches Guilty Pleasure
Tia Bach, Author
Rose Garcia
Dina Given, Author
Devouring Books
The Crazy Booksellers
Blame It On The Books
Book Crazy Gals
Steph’s Reads & Reviews
Author Erin Danzer
Jeanine Walsh Palinkas
Infectedbyreedus
Kristi’s Bookreadery
The Paranormal Bookworm
Sarah Darlington-Jones
A Thousand Worlds Book Blog
The Paisley Reader
The Schwartz Reviews
lilicasplace
Beth Pabalan Leneberg

Here’s the Rafflecopter Link!
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GOOD LUCK!!

 

 

DEVIATION – Book Release-Blog Tour-My Review

I have another book tour and review for you! I’m participating in the book release tour for Heather Hildenbrand’s second book from the Clone Chronicle Series, DEVIATION. At the end of this post you will find my review of this book, which I received in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1wXxNHZ

Until a month ago, eighteen-year-old Ven had never set foot outside the windowless warehouse where she was created. An Imitation of Raven Rogen, Ven spent her days confined in the lab, studying videos of her Authentic, all so she could step into Raven’s life at a moment’s notice.

Now, Ven lives in Raven’s penthouse apartment, kisses Raven’s boyfriend, and obeys every order from Raven’s dad, Titus Rogen—the very man who created her. But Ven has a secret plan. She doesn’t want Raven’s life. She wants her own.

In the action-packed sequel of Imitation, Ven wages a dangerous war against Titus. First she’ll free herself, then she’ll free every last Imitation. . . .

Haven’t started the Clone Chronicles yet? Start it out with Imitation!

Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1AO8UlO

Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

Fans of Cinder, The Selection and Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series will love Imitation, a thrilling, action-packed novel sure to keep readers guessing until the very last page.

PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY

Want to win a paperback copy of Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand along with Clone Chronicles swag? Sign up for her mailing list at http://mad.ly/signups/106230/join. One lucky subscriber will be chosen on 2/7/15 to win the prize!

 

About Heather Hildenbrand

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own Outrageous Life.

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. You can find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.com.

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Other titles by Heather Hildenbrand:

Imitation, book 1 in the Clone Chronicles

Dirty Blood (book 1, the Dirty Blood series)
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Cold Blood (book 2, Dirty Blood series)
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Blood Bond (book 3, Dirty Blood series)
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Blood Rule, (book 4, Dirty Blood series)
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Whisper
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Across the Galaxy
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DreamKiller: The Complete Saga (a novella)
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A Risk Worth Taking
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The Indie Author Guide: A Self-Publisher’s Toolbox
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My  Review:   ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

With everything that was going on last year, although I did read Imitation, I wasn’t able to review it here. I will review Book One in the coming weeks. As for Book 2, Deviation, it is a good follow-up to the first. It does give some reference to how Ven came into her present situation; this book can be read as a stand alone, although I highly recommend reading Imitation first.

Ven is still taking the place of her ‘authentic’ Raven, but is still trying to be comfortable in her own skin. She  is more than just an ‘imitation’; she is not a junked car to be used for parts at Titus’s whim. She realizes that she is a living, breathing person with emotions that are hers and hers alone. Her relationship with Linc, her bodyguard and love interest intensifies and deepens.

Not everyone is who they seem to be; friends sometimes are really enemies, and enemies are allies. Ven suffers betrayal and loss unimaginable and fights harder with other freed imitations to bring down the greedy, evil, and corrupt Titus. Finding out that he answers to a high-ranking government official makes Ven and the rest of the free imitations step up their efforts to find a safe haven when they are ready to rescue the rest.

Morton, Melanie, Obadiah, and Daniel are well written and fleshed out secondary and tertiary characters with their own distinct personalities. Ven’s character has grown immensely, and Titus…well, he’s just more evil. What can I say. The ending had me at the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next…

There are several unforeseen plot twists and turns in this episode and I had difficulty putting it down. I noticed minimal grammatical and spelling errors. I thoroughly enjoyed Book 2 of the series and am looking forward to the next book in the Clone Chronicles series. I would recommend this book for YA readers.